• The John Whiting Literary Prize
  • The Benson Medal of the Royal Society of Literature
  • Enrico Mattei Award for the Humanities, Italy
  • Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
  • Premio Grinzane Cavour Literary Award
  • The Leopold Sedar Senghor Award for the Arts
  • The UNESCO Medal for the Arts
  • Felix Valera Award, Cuba
  • Pio Manzu Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic
  • Premio Litterario Internazionalle, Italy
  • The Nobel Prize for Literature 1986
  • Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award
  • The DuBois Medal
  • Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, Lifetime Achievement, USA
  • Nigerian National Merit Award

  • Howdy, University of Leeds
  • Sheffield University, UK
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Churchill College, Cambridge
  • Yale University
  • Royal Society of Literature
  • University of Toronto
  • Harvard University
  • Emory University
  • School of African and Oriental Studies, London University
  • University of Addis Ababa
  • Cape Town University, South Africa
  • Morehouse University, USA
  • Sorbonne University, Paris
  • University of Tours, France
  • European University, Hungary
  • University of Alberta – Canada
  • Paul Valery, University, Montpelier
  • Bayreuth University, Germany
  • University of Havana – Cuba
  • The Academy of Arts and Letters, Germany
  • The American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • The Pan-African Writers Association
  • Association of Nigerian Authors, member of the Scholars’ Council
  • Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

  • 1986 Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria CFR
  • Commander of the Italian Republic
  • Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, French Republic

  • Akogun of Isara
  • Akinlatun of Egbaland
  • Giiwa of Ijebu Remo